HC Deb 01 March 1927 vol 203 cc227-8W
Major GLYN

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the repository for old horses at the Elephant and Castle; what are the statistics as regards old and worn-out horses that are disposed of at the repository, and what proportion of such horses is sold to dealers engaged in the worn-out horse traffic to Continental ports; and whether steps will be taken to prohibit the traffic in horses which, in the opinion of veterinary surgeons, are linable to travel?


I have no information with regard to the number and condition of horses sold at the Elephant and Castle Repository, nor as to the persons to whom such horses are sold. All horses exported to the Continent must be certified by a veterinary inspector of the Ministry at the port of shipment as fit to travel without cruelty and to be capable of working without suffering. No worn-out horses would be passed as fit for shipment.